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Rugby for girls to kick off in Phnom Penh

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
The Phnom Penh Social Rugby Club. Courtesy Melchior De Lamotte

Local grassroots rugby organisation Kampuchea Balopp is hosting a girls’ rugby tournament tomorrow at the Chea Sim Boeung Keng Kang High School in Boeung Keng Kang 1.

Phnom Penh teams will be drawn from the organisations Transform, Toutes à l’école, Enfantd d’Asie Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) and Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) who will participate, alongside visiting teams from the Singapore Valkyries.

The Valkyries are a club that regroups female rugby players from around Singapore.

The format of the tournament splits the competition into three age groups: Under 10s (8 and 9 year old players), Under 12s (10 and 11 year old players) and Under 14s (12 and 13 year old players).

This will be the first time a rugby tournament has been held for girls in Phnom Penh with all Cambodian players having come through the Kampuchea Balopp programme, which provides sporting access to disabled and disadvantaged Cambodian youth.

Based in Phnom Penh, Kampuchea Balopp is a youth development event through sports organisations that work with more than 800 disadvantaged and disabled children.

The tournament will start at 12.15pm and will finish by 4pm. Entry is free, with organisers urging fans to attend and show their support for the girls.

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